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Dr. Henry D. Cogswell erected a huge monument at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, a great granite plinth with a purple glass star at its peak, set in a granite square with four corner sculptures. He was very serious about broadcasting his convictions to posterity.

He endowed a technical college in San Francisco in 1887 that still exists as Cogswell College, in Sunnyvale. A sister institution in Washington state, Henry Cogswell College, closed just last month: http://www.henrycogswell.edu/

A fervid temperance activist, Cogswell erected water fountains across the country, adorned with statues of himself, to give people an alternative to alcohol. One of them, in San Francisco, appears in the Library of Congress site: http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf7x0nb7n2/

More about him at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_D._Cogswell
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Nov 24 2006 19:46 GMT fhelsing PRO
He really wanted to leave his mark on the world, didn't he!
Jan 02 2007 19:53 GMT wifey
Such a fascinating history… when you say closed, you mean for good? Great testament to an honourable figure.
Oct 18 2008 03:59 GMT aquiles PRO
EXCELLENT PICTURE A WRITING !!!!

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